Donors' engagement: supporting education in fragile and conflict-affected states Laura Brannelly Susy Ndaruhutse Susy Ndaruhutse Head of International Development and Education Susy's first 'proper job' involved her being sent to work in Rwanda's Ministry of Education for four years on behalf of Education Development Trust; unsurprisingly, today, she is Education Development Trust's authority on providing technical assistance to low- and middle-income countries and has particular expertise in fragile and conflict-affected states. Along with her team and associate consultants, she provides strategic policy, advisory and capacity building services and works with donors, developing-country governments and non-governmental organisations in the education sector. Carole Rigaud This research set out to examine the changing nature of donors' engagement in supporting education in fragile and conflict-affected states. This report outlines lessons learned and emerging good practice. A detailed examination was undertaken of the policies and practices of three main donors - the European Commission, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency - and two leading international non-governmental organisations - the International Rescue Committee and Save the Children UK. In addition, a field visit to Liberia was carried out to obtain a more detailed country perspective, and to map the research findings. The research findings highlight the increased recognition of the importance of education in fragile and conflict-affected states within the international community. The authors point to the role of key champions such as the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies have played in successfully advocating significant policy and financial commitments to education in such situations.